One of the first things Joe Johnson plans to do after the first of the year is to change his license plate.
“I’m going to be trading my ‘7’ for ‘1164,’” the retiring state delegate said. “I want to get rid of that ‘7’ because it’s over, it’s finished.”
Joe Johnson shook hands as he smiled into the faces of those gathered to celebrate his long service to the community.
Johnson, 81, served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for nearly 30 years, and will retire at the end of December. He was feted Thursday night at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, where more than a hundred people gathered to shake his hand, offer their congratulations and thank him for the work he's done for Southwest Virginia.
A Virginia delegate’s request for a state attorney general’s opinion on the constitutionality of The Falls project has been withdrawn, removing a potential hurdle for the massive commercial center.
State Delegate Joe Johnson, D-Abingdon, said Wednesday he asked Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to disregard a July 19 request concerning The Falls near Interstate 81’s Exit 5.
Regional Democrats have not found a candidate to fill the seat of retiring 4th District Delegate Joe Johnson and have cancelled an unassembled Caucus scheduled for Saturday, officials said Friday.
A Hansonville farmer and attorney is making plans to put a Republican into the 4th district House seat being vacated this year by longtime Democratic Delegate Joe Johnson.
Ben Chafin, 52, was the only hopeful to petition for the spot, according to the chair of the District 4 GOP group.
Ben Chafin, a farmer and attorney from Hansonville, Va., will be the Republican candidate for the District 4 House of Delegates seat.
No one else petitioned for the spot, said Josh Evans, chairman of the District 4 GOP group. The deadline was 5 p.m Thursday.
Russell County attorney and farmer Ben Chafin announced Monday that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 4th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Augustus Benton Chafin Jr., 52, of Hansonville, Va., said his background in business and economic development make him a good man for the job.
Delegate Joe Johnson can recall innumerable good memories from his 28 years in the Virginia General Assembly.
"It brings tears to your eyes to be part of something that helps somebody," Johnson said Tuesday. "It's just a great joy and a pleasure for the 28 years I've served this area."
Although his handshake remains firm, the Abingdon Democrat will not seek another two-year term. He plans to serve until Jan. 1.
A law Virginia passed a generation ago to end the states' reputation as a haven for gun runners is on the verge of being repealed.
On a largely party-line vote, the House passed Wednesday with a 66-32 vote the measure to end the law that limits handgun purchases to one a month.
Despite current revenue surpluses in Virginia and Tennessee, lawmakers from both states predicted Tuesday that additional budget cuts will be needed when state legislatures return to session this month. Federal health care mandates, possible reductions in federal services and – in Virginia – addressing long-delayed state employee retirement costs – could offset any gains that both states made during the current fiscal year, a panel of lawmakers said during a legislative breakfast hosted by the Bristol Chamber of Commerce at King College.